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Old 10-29-2007, 01:20 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the helpful info, the garage wiring is fixed, old knob & tube is gone.

I ran the new powerline underground via conduit.

I removed the old overhead wires, and now I have the old wires still coming through the wall at the house. I am planning on putting in an outdoor receptacle here, using the same wires that once went out to the garage. There are 5 wires coming out of the house, and I just wanted to see if anyone knew what to make of this. I havent had a chance to start testing them, but I have never come across this 5 wire configuration. The garage was not wired for 220V or anything.

Any ideas? Ideas on how to start making sense of the 5 wires once I have a chance to test them?
i really recomoned that old 5 wire set up is aboned and capped off properly

to make a quick summery on this.

I know for sure 2 is for power but here is the joker of the day the other 3 is for 3 way switching circuit but the way it hook up it can be very dangerous what we called " California 3 way " or "Carter 3 way " or Farmer 3 Way those few of those are actally illegal way back from 30's until now the reason why i say illegal set up because one of the wire will be switching either hot or netual to the light socket and what will happend that one of the 3 way switch the power to the light willbe either hot or netual depending on which way the 3 way switch ran therefore what will happend is that the light socket shell will be either hot or netural depending on how it switched.

that the reason why we [ most electricicans ] strongly recomend to abaoned the old system.

Merci , Marc


P.S. the oddball 3 way switching is no diffrence between the North American vs Europen verison both end up the same result so just let you know on this one


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